Lessons learned ch 12
The drive over to the doctors was quiet. Neither of them said much as they finally pulled into the parking lot. Noelle tried to get herself out of the car though she was having some difficulty. Mitsuhide wanted to chuckle but knew if he did she would be mad for days. Though her mood swings were not as bad as some he had heard they were still there and he was not willing to risk her wrath most of the time. She normally would just start crying at the weirdest things and though he didn’t mind he would end up soothing her with hushed words and soft back rubs the best he could.
They entered the building and she checked in and then sat to wait her turn. This wasn’t Mitsuhide’s first time with her so he waited for her to chose her seat and dutifully sat next to her waiting for her turn. She gripped onto his hand like she expected some sort of problem ahead. This was supposed to be the last scan for her.
Mitsuhide just calmly smiled and held her hand as they were called back. He paced himself with her and supported her back as they walked. They went back to a small room and she was told to get into the chair and wait.
The doctor came in and looked over the two of them and then began to address only her. “So Miss Hanson have we decided on what you are going to do about the baby?” His voice boomed through the room and Noelle was sure every person in the building could have heard the statement. This doctor was the first she had seen at this office so many months ago, where as she had seen the others in the practice lately and they knew of her change in situation because of Mitsuhide. She also knew this doctor had been friends with her father.
“We have.” She replied snidely.
“We?” The doctor asked.
“My partner and I have decided to raise our child.” She said.
“I knew your story didn’t make much sense.” The doctor said as he went on to say,really Noelle the pain you put your poor parents through.”
“Excuse me sir,” Mitsuhide cut in, “Noelle and I will raise our child though the child is not biologically mine. Whatever Noelle’s relationship with her parents is I do believe as her doctor it is none of your business.”
“You are taking on a child that is not yours?” The doctor turned and asked Mitsuhide.
“But it is mine.” Mitsuhide smiled. “Any other questions?” Noelle shook her head knowing that this verbal back and forth could last all day. The tech finally came in and started the machine with a smile for her. The tech slightly glared at the doctor in the room. “Doctor there is a call for you.”
“Thank you.” The doctor said and he walked out of the room.
“I saw in your chart you requested for him not to be one of the doctors you see. Unfortunately he heard your name when they were pulling your chart. I am sorry for any discomfort he caused. He will be retiring soon we all hope.” The tech said softly and with a smile.
“He is a old friend of my fathers.” Noelle said, “I don’t mind him so much but the idea he is giving information to my parents still about me and the baby is enough to set me on edge.”
“If he did that would be a break of doctor confidentiality. You could sue him.” The tech said.
“I know I could but the idea of my personal information being in a courtroom Is just as scary to me.” Noelle replied. “I just got my life back on track with the help of my.” Noelle looked at Mitsuhide and smiled softly, “with the help of the man I am going to marry.”
“Congratulations.” The tech said as she looked down at the ring on Noelle’s finger. Mitsuhide’s grin took over as he held her hand as he brought it to his lips.
The tech smiled at them both and began to put the jelly on her abdomen and move the wand. “I put a cd in so everything about this scan with be on it for you. Do you want pictures as well?”
“Yes.” Mitsuhide said before Noelle could answer.
“Excited for the baby?” The tech asked Mitsuhide.
“My first son? Of course I am.” He replied as he looked at the woman and waited to see if she would say something instead she smiled gently and quietly said ,”I wish more men were like you.”
“No you don’t he can be a pain.” Noelle said as she chuckled and then in the screen she saw the face of her baby come into view. This scan was slightly more advanced then the normal ultrasound. It was a combination of 3d and 2d technology. She was looking at her unborn sons face clearly. She looked at Mitsuhide whose eyes were glued to the screen as well.
“That’s Maximus.” He said softly.
“That is.” Noelle beamed at her a smile that was breathtaking.
They sat there watching their son on the screen and waited as the tech printed about a hundred pictures for them. “Everything looks good. He is measuring about a week or two ahead of schedule but that is entirely normal at this stage. It will fluctuate until the end. He may be doing more this week and not much next. So don’t worry.”
“Thank you.” Mitsuhide said as he took the pictures and the cd so Noelle could clean her abdomen with the towel and he could help her up. They walked out hand in hand with huge grins on their faces.
“We can see him clearly in these.” Mitsuhide said as he looked down before he started to drive away.
“We can.” She said softly.
“What?” Mitsuhide asked as he heard the hesitation in her voice.
“Do you like him?” Noelle asked quietly.
“Noelle he is beautiful just like his beautiful mother. I see you in him. He has your nose.” He said chuckling. “Noelle it was never about what he looks like. He is my son regardless of all that. He is our son regardless of all that.”
“Mitsuhide.” She started.
“What?” He asked as he turned the key.
“Ask me again.” She said softly.
“Mouse will you marry me please.” He asked as he turned his golden eyes her way.
“Yes.” She said softly.
“Finally” Mitsuhide smiled and started the car.
“Where are we going?” She asked.
“Home.” He replied.
“I thought you would be slightly more excited I finally said yes.” She said softly.
“That is the reason we are going home Noelle.” He said equally softly. “So I can show you properly how much I love you.”
Hours later as the two lounged in bed dozing in and out of sleep filled bliss he rolled onto his side and looked at her. He placed his hand o. Her growing burden and felt the slightest movement of the baby. He had looked at the face of the unborn child she was carrying, the one he had claimed months ago as his own, and he had seen her in the babe. He studied the face and he only saw hers in it. He meant what he had said earlier to her it didn’t matter what the boy looked like but the fact he looked like her made him feel a surge of love more for the baby he had grown to love. He did really in his soul love the child as he would his own. He had watched her grow with it and he felt his life was better for everything that happened.
He knew people would have never believed it was possible for someone like him to feel so content in a domestic life. The truth was until she sat outside his door that day he would have never looked twice for someone like her. He had come to grips with the overwhelming need to take care of her. It was an overpowering need that had grown from that first night when he took her to dinner. He understood fate had thrown him a bone and he ran with it. He had found something that most people only dream about. He watched her blink her eyes open and look at him. Her soft expression in her eyes only called to him even more to secure her by his side.
“What?” She asked after he brushed his soft lips against hers.
“Marry me next week mouse.” He said softly, “I wanted to give you the wedding of your dreams but I find I just want you as my wife now. If you still want the one that takes forever to plan we can do that one later. Just marry me.”
“You really want to get married next week?” She asked.
“If we could I would marry you today.” He sighed. “But there is paperwork to file. The earliest We could is next Tuesday if we fill everything out tomorrow and file it.”
“Mitsuhide.”she started but saw the look of love and wanting in his eyes. “Fine we will file it out tomorrow and file it. I will marry you on Tuesday.”
“Noelle, I promise you I will make you happy.” He said as he kissed her again.
“Mitsuhide you already do.” She smiled as she looked at him. “I don’t think I could be anymore happy than I am with you.”